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Mindful Eating: 10 Ways To Eat Mindfully During The Holidays

Posted: 12/11/2011 11:18 am

Do you get overwhelmed and irritated by all the dieting articles during the holidays? Most people do. This year, try a different approach. Mindful eating doesn't tell you what to eat and what not to eat. Instead, it is about eating the foods you enjoy in a new way. So don't worry. This article isn't going to tell you to avoid the mashed potatoes and skip the gravy.

Consider a few very basic mindful eating tips to help you eat more mindfully this holiday.

Respond Mindfully To "I Want It" Thoughts
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Good food can be hard to turn down this time of year. Respond rather than react to thoughts that urge you to eat whenever you see something yummy. Before you take a helping, pop a piece of sugar-free hard candy in your mouth. Let it dissolve slowly. When it is completely dissolved, ask yourself, "Do I really want it?" This can help you cut down on mindless picking and acting on your first impulse. If you still want it, great, have a small portion.
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Best wishes on the holidays! Eat, drink and be mindful


[1] Robinson, E.L.; Higgs, S. "Memory and food: Leaving the best till last." Appetite vol. 57 issue 2 October, 2011. p. 538.

[2] Steptoe, Andrew, et al. "The effects of tea on psychophysiological stress responsivity and post-stress recovery: a randomised double-blind trial." Psychopharmacology, Volume 190, issue 1 (January 2007), p. 81 - 89.


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